Jeffrey Hotz
Name
Jeffrey Hotz
Title
Associate Professor of English, Department Chair

B.A., 1994, Georgetown University
M.A., 1997, Georgetown University
Ph.D., 2004, George Washington University

Phone
(570) 422-3315
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 309 A

Jeffrey Hotz's main research area is early American literature. He is currently finishing a book on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s late career, the period from 1861 until the poet’s death in 1882.

Allen Benn
Name
Allan Benn
Title
Distinguished Professor of English

B.A., 1974, Mercer University
M.A., 1976, Case Western Reserve University
Ph.D., 1983, Case Western Reserve University

Phone
(570) 422-3392
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 309 G

Dr. Benn’s main research area is American literature—in particular, the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Willa Cather. He joined the faculty at East Stroudsburg University in 1985.

Bill Broun
Name
Bill Broun
Title
Professor of English

B.A., 1989, Miami University of Ohio
M.A., 1993, Miami University of Ohio
M.F.A., 1998, University of Houston

Phone
(570) 422-3540
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 309 O

Bill Broun helped work his way through college and grad school as a journalist (and Big Lots clerk, waiter, dishwasher, and lawn cutter). As a reporter and editor, he covered everything from the indie band rock scene and air travel industry to murders and natural disasters, working in Texas, Ohio, Massachusetts and London.

Andrew Crooke
Name
Andrew Crooke
Title
Instructor of English

B.A., 2001, Cornell University
M.A., 2011, University of Iowa
Ph.D., 2013, University of Iowa

Phone
(570) 422-3698
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 311 B

Andrew Crooke teaches literature and writing courses at East Stroudsburg University, where he joined the English Department in 2015.

Kathleen Duguay
Name
Kathleen Duguay
Title
Professor of English

B.A., 1981, North Adams State College
M.A., 1985, SUNY at Binghamton
Ph.D., 1997, SUNY at Albany

Phone
(570) 422-3379
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 309 B

Kathleen Duguay joined the faculty at East Stroudsburg University in 1997 where she has taught a variety of writing and literature courses. In the last five years she has developed several distance education offerings of English department courses. She has published in the area of computers and writing and presented conference papers on topics in both world literature and composition theory and practice.

Erica Dymond
Name
Erica J. Dymond
Title
Assistant Professor of English

B.A., 1995, Marywood University
M.A., 2000, University of Scranton
Ph.D., 2009, Lehigh University

Phone
(570) 422-3315
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 309 J

Dr. Erica J. Dymond came to East Stroudsburg University in 2013. Prior to this, she taught film and literature for ten years at Lehigh University with concurrent teaching at Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Dr. Dymond has been a consulting editor for the peer-reviewed, academic journal The Explicator since 2011. She has also acted as a manuscript reviewer for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and a peer-reviewer for Focal Press. When not behind the podium, Dr. Dymond enjoys losing countless hours in World of Warcraft ("For the Horde!"), dissecting Wes Anderson films, and seeking the wisdom of Rick Sanchez.

Sandra Eckard
Name
Sandra Eckard
Title
Professor of English

B.A., 1994, Frostburg State University
M.A., 1996, West Virginia University
Ph.D., 2001, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Phone
(570) 422-3426
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 309 C

Dr. Eckard directs the Writing Studio here at ESU, the hot-spot for writing tutoring on campus. In addition, teaches a variety of writing and literature courses and works with education majors. She presents at conferences regularly, and her latest book series, Comic Connections, is published by Rowman and Littlefield Education.

Jennifer Harrison
Name
Jennifer Harrison
Title
Instructor of English

B.A., 2005, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Ph.D., 2009, Aberystwyth University

Phone
(570) 422-3387
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 309 L

Jen Harrison arrived at East Stroudsburg University in the fall of 2016. Jen completed her PhD in children's and Victorian literature at Aberystwyth University in Wales, in the UK, as well as later training as a secondary school English teacher. She has taught English to students at all levels of education from nursery school to graduate study.

Laura Kieselbach
Name
Laura Kieselbach
Title
Assistant Professor of English

B.A., 2000, Pennsylvania State University
M.Ed., 2010, University of Central Florida
Ed.D., Northeastern University

Phone
(570) 422-3992
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 309 H

Dr. Laura Kieselbach joined the ESU English Department in the Fall of 2016. She instructs Teaching of English, Composition, Literary Analysis, Diversity Literature, and works closely with the Education College in advising student teachers in the field.

Cynthia Leenerts
Name
Cynthia Leenerts
Title
Associate Professor of English

B.A., 1987, George Mason University
M.A., 1990, George Mason University
Ph.D., 1997, George Washington University

Phone
(570) 422-3032
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 309 E

An Associate Professor of English, as well as a student of Chinese language and literature's, Cynthia Leenerts joined the faculty of ESU in 2005. She teaches postcolonial literature, British literature, and other world literature's, along with linguistics, literary criticism and theory, biblical and other religious literature's, and composition. Currently serving as President of the South Asian Literary Association, she is working with Hema Chari on a book project, *At Home in the World: Rabindranath Tagore’s Travel Writing.*

Richard Madigan
Name
Richard Madigan
Title
Associate Professor of English

B.A., 1974, University of Florida
M.F.A., 1990, Indiana University

Phone
(570) 422-3388
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 309 P

Professor Madigan teaches classes in expository writing, creative writing, contemporary literature and modern and contemporary American and Irish poetry.

Shyla Foster
Name
Shyla Saltzman
Title
Instructor of English

B.A., 2009, Williams College
M.A., 2012, Cornell University
Ph.D., 2016, Cornell University

Phone
(570) 422-3398
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 311 A

Dr. Saltzman teaches college composition and composition skills.

Jan Selving
Name
Jan Selving
Title
Associate Professor of English

B.A., 1990, Indiana University
M.F.A., 1994, Arizona State University

Phone
(570) 422-3071
Campus Address
Stroud Hall K

Teaching areas: Creative Writing, Contemporary Literature, Professional Document Design

Jill Silvius
Name
Jill E. Silvius
Title
Instructor of English

B.A., 2003, Moravian College
M.A., 2005, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., 2009, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Phone
(570) 422-3599
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 313

Dr. Jill E. Silvius began teaching a variety of composition and literature courses at East Stroudsburg University in fall '09.

Elizabeth Leigh Smith
Name
Elizabeth Leigh Smith
Title
Professor of English

B.A., 1991, Rice University
M.A., 1994, University of Houston
Ph.D., 1999, University of Houston

Phone
(570) 422-3385
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 309 D

Dr. Smith joined the faculty at East Stroudsburg University in 2002 and specializes in medieval and other early British literature.

Colbert Root
Name
Colbert Root
Title
Instructor of English

B.A., 2008, Rockhurst University
Ph.D., 2017, Temple University

Phone
(570) 422-3858
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 309 M

Colbert's teaching focuses on helping students succeed in first-year writing. His research examines how writers have used the novel form to both criticize their societies and offer readers pathways to alternative forms of life.

Nancy VanArsdale
Name
Nancy VanArsdale
Title
Professor of English

B.A., 1979, Bucknell University
M.A., 1981, New York University
Ph.D., 1991, New York University

Phone
(570) 422-3622
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 309 F

Nancy VanArsdale pursues research in American literature and professional writing

Holly Wells
Name
Holly Wells
Title
Associate Professor of English

B.A., 1988, Youngstown State University
M.A., 2001, Youngstown State University
Ph.D., 2012, Kent State University

Phone
(570) 422-3382
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 309 O

Dr. Wells works on projects related to rhetoric of science (broadly conceived), rhetoric of the New Testament, visual rhetoric (in general), marketing communications, and technical writing.

Scott Beatty
Name
Scott Beatty
Title
Instructor of English

B.A., 1991, Juniata College
M.A., 1994, Iowa State University

Phone
(570) 422-3398
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 313

Scott Beatty teaches Composition at ESU. His published works include hundreds of comic book stories and graphic novels, as well as works in animation, children's books, and young adult fiction.

Jasmine Villa
Name
Jasmine Villa
Title
Assistant Professor of English

B.A., 2011, University of Texas at El Paso
M.A., 2014, University of Texas at El Paso
Ph.D., 2018, University of Texas at El Paso

Phone
(570) 422-3922
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 309 I

Dr. Villa earned her MA in Rhetoric and Writing Studies and PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Texas at El Paso. Prior to arriving at ESU, Dr. Villa was the Assistant Director of the First-Year Composition Program at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) from 2016 – 2018, taught undergraduate courses in composition and technical writing, and co-taught graduate level courses in grant writing and community literacy.

Iris Quellette
Name
S. Iris Ouellette
Title
Instructor of English

B.A., 2016, King's College
M.A., 2018, Wilkes University
M.F.A., 2019, Wilkes University

Phone
(570) 422-3698
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 311 B

Iris Ouellette began teaching composition at East Stroudsburg University in fall 2018. She specializes in fiction, and has published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in various literary journals and magazines. Her primary research interests include horror literature and film, the works of Dorothy Parker, and the Romantic poets.

Andrea Harrison (aharriso10@esu.edu)
Department Secretary
(570) 422-3398

Contact Us

Dr. Jeff Hotz, department chair, by email or at (570) 422-3315 to learn more about ESU’s English major.

Contact Information

Campus Address
Stroud Hall 309
Phone:
(570) 422-3398
Fax:
(570) 422-3012 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Department Chair
Name
Jeffrey P. Hotz
Phone:
(570) 422-3315